Craft.

Going to art school, I've learned a lot more than just digital design. Here are some projects that incorporate craft skills.

 

SCOBY Mask

ABOUT

Teammate: SCOBY (a live symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)

I worked with a teammate on this project, but not the kind of teammate you're thinking... I spent weeks brewing kombucha in my dorm room to grow something called a SCOBY. This living organism is a byproduct of the kombucha fermentation process that can be dried and used as a textile, a natural and cruelty free alternative to materials like leather. I experimented with various growth conditions and treatments to explore the properties of SCOBY leather, including bending it into shapes, dyeing it, scenting it, creating patterns, and more.

This project was part of the Collaborative BioArt + Design course at California College of the Arts, taught by professor Michael Bogan.

TOOLS

SCOBY (homegrown), pins, foam, X-Acto knife

 

Identity Archive

ABOUT

This piece was a box using layered sheets of cut out paper to compose a scene that encapsulates various aspects of identity, consolidating them into a single archive. Using different lighting sources, the appearance and mood of the piece can be changed. Different layers create a shadow effect, while the open cut outs in the back allow light to shine through.

TOOLS

X-Acto knife

 

Topographic Treehouse

ABOUT

This is a piece from the 3D: Form Versus Function course at CCA, taught by Elin Christopherson. The inspiration for this assignment was a map: specifically, a square cutout of a map that covered a 2 mile x 2 mile area of Oakland, California. My "monument" was a treehouse.

You can read a more about my process and the background of this project here in a short blog post.

TOOLS

Table saw, bandsaw, scroll saw

 

Illuminated SCOBYs

ABOUT

Teammate: SCOBY (a live symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)

SCOBY is a living organism and a byproduct of the kombucha fermentation process. It can be dried and used as a textile – a natural and cruelty free alternative to materials like leather. In these pieces, I experimented with dyeing the SCOBY leather and explored how light passed through it, radically altering its appearance and revealing unseen details.

This project was part of the Collaborative BioArt + Design course at California College of the Arts, taught by professor Michael Bogan.

TOOLS

SCOBY (homegrown), food coloring, thread, foam, pins

 

Poetry Box

ABOUT

This is a piece from the 3D: Form Versus Function course at CCA, taught by Elin Christopherson. This assignment was to choose a poem or song as inspiration and design a wooden box based on the lyrics. I chose "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan and designed a dove bearing an olive branch.

You can read a more about my process and the background of this project here in a short blog post.

TOOLS

Bandsaw, wood burning tool

 

Material Studies

ABOUT

Teammate: SCOBY (a live symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)

SCOBY is a living organism and a byproduct of the kombucha fermentation process. It can be dried and used as a textile – a natural and cruelty free alternative to materials like leather. I wanted to explore the possibilities of using dried SCOBYs as a material or textile. With these pieces, I dried them on textured surfaces to imprint a pattern on the finished material.

This project was part of the Collaborative BioArt + Design course at California College of the Arts, taught by professor Michael Bogan.

TOOLS

SCOBY (homegrown), plastic sheets

 

Music Building Blocks

ABOUT

I was challenged to create a piece out of reused materials. I decided to design cassette tape building blocks. I wanted the piece to have a functional, playful, and aesthetic purpose, as they can light the room, be an interesting decorative piece, and be stacked and rearranged in many patterns.

You can read a more about my process and the background of this project here in a short blog post.

TOOLS

Found objects, adhesive

 

Slime Mold

ABOUT

Teammate: Slime Mold (eukaryotic organisms that can live freely as single cells, but can also aggregate together to form multicellular reproductive structures)

In this project, I created a maze within a cube as a playful and safe environment for growing slime mold. By placing a trough of water and pieces of oats in the maze, I was able to incentivize the slime mold to grow and follow certain paths.

This project was part of the Collaborative BioArt + Design course at California College of the Arts, taught by professor Michael Bogan.

TOOLS

Acrylic, laser cutter, slime mold

 

BioArt Experiments

ABOUT

Teammate: SCOBY (a live symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)

SCOBY is a living organism and a byproduct of the kombucha fermentation process. It can be dried and used as a textile – a natural and cruelty free alternative to materials like leather. With these materials, I wanted to try imprinting patterns on them while they were in the process of drying, as well as trying to scent the SCOBY leather using both liquid additives and natural tea leaves (as kombucha is brewed with tea).

This project was part of the Collaborative BioArt + Design course at California College of the Arts, taught by professor Michael Bogan.

TOOLS

SCOBY (homegrown)